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Singapore candidate says it is Asia’s turn at IOC

AFP, SINGAPORE

Ng also pledged to work more closely with sports federations, national Olympic bodies and sponsors to try to tap their “huge resources” and raise partnerships to a more “strategic level.”

He said he would hold half-day meetings with each of the 115 IOC members and then a group retreat to chart the way forward on “hot-button issues,” such as the Games’ size and scale, which sports are contested, doping and illegal betting.

To raise efficiency, he plans to delegate projects to IOC vice presidents and members, and review the body’s staff and internal operations.

Ng has also placed youth at the heart of his strategy, with ambitious plans to roll out 80 “Olympic youth development centers,” many in poor countries, over the next eight years.

“We really have to make sure that the Olympic Movement becomes part of everyone’s daily life and starting with the youth is very important,” he said.

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